Demands of Vieques community and meeting on new situation

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Thu Feb 27 00:59:41 MST 2003


The bombing and military exercises on Puerto Rico's island of Vieques
appears to have ended and the Pentagon appears to be going through with its
promise to surrender control of the territory it has occupied on the island
for long years.  Now the people of the island, who have suffered from
decades of existence as a "practice" war zone, are demanding affirmative
action to repair the enormous damage done and help assure the island's
future.
The supporters of the fight of the people of the island are holding a
meeting in New York City March 10 to hear a report on  and discuss the
victory and the new challenges.
Fred Feldman

Vieques Support Campaign
http://www.viequessupport.org
E-mail: viequessc at hotmail.com

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                NO TO RACISM & IMPERIALIST WAR!
        U.S. NAVY OUT OF VIEQUES & ALL OF PUERTO RICO!
   ________________________________________________________

      Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques
        PO Box 1424 Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765
        Tel. (787) 741-0716 Email: bieke at prdigital.com

        Demands of the Vieques Community Organizations

To the White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Navy, the U.S.
Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and
the Government of Puerto Rico, relative to current and future
negotiations on the transfer of the U.S. Navy controlled lands on the
Eastern part of Vieques and future environmental cleanup and public
use of said lands

Introduction

The community organizations historically involved in the struggle to
end US Naval activity and presence here in Vieques, demand ample and
active participation in all discussions, meetings, negotiations, and
decision making related to land on the Eastern portion of Vieques
currently controlled by the U.S. Navy and under discussion for
transfer to the U.S. Department of the Interior, pursuant to federal
law.

Herein we express the concerns and demands of the Vieques community in
regard to the decontamination, transfer and future uses of the lands
mentioned above. Our concerns cover all lands and coastal areas
affected by the U.S. Navy and other U.S. and foreign military forces
over the past sixty-five years.


Concerns and demands

The Community of Vieques expresses the following concerns and demands
to the White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Navy, the U.S.
Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and
the Government of Puerto Rico:

Full participation of the community of Vieques, through
representatives of the Municipal Government and community
organizations historically involved in the struggle to end US Naval
activity and presence here.

Participation of community appointed advisers and consultants.

Active participation of relevant Puerto Rico government officials in
all discussions, meetings and decision making related to the transfer,
decontamination and restoration of all lands, coastal areas and other
natural and cultural resources impacted on Vieques by military
activities.

Active participation of relevant Puerto Rico government officials in
all discussions, meetings and decision making related to the
administration of the lands in the Eastern part of Vieques as
"wildlife refuges" and "wilderness areas" and discussions, meetings
and decision making related to any possible "enactment of a law that
addresses the disposition of such properties" as provided for by
federal law.

A complete and comprehensive environmental clean up and restoration of
all lands, coastal zones and other natural and cultural resources
consistent with the community's historic uses of the Eastern portion
of Vieques that currently includes the Live Impact Area (LIA) and
Eastern Maneuvers Area (EMA) and other elements of Camp García.

A complete and comprehensive environmental clean up and restoration of
all lands, coastal zones and other natural and cultural resources
consistent with the community's plans for future social and economic
development, including, but not limited to, fishing, camping, hiking,
kayaking, guided nature tours, other eco-tourism projects,
cultural-educational and scientific investigation projects,
agriculture, housing and other social uses on the Eastern portion of
Vieques that currently includes the LIA, the EMA and other areas of
Camp García.

Periodic community hearings to allow public participation in the
discussion and decision making related to the transfer,
decontamination and restoration of all lands, coastal areas and other
natural and cultural resources impacted on Vieques by military
activities, with the participation of relevant officials from
Municipal, Puerto Rico and federal agencies.

Funding by federal agencies for employment of Viequenses to provide
adequate protection and conservation of the cultural and natural
resources in the areas under discussion.

Adequate funding for the total decontamination and restoration of
Vieques.

Clear, specific and unequivocal language in any and all agreements,
memoranda or other pacts between federal and/or Puerto Rico agencies
guaranteeing no future military uses of Vieques.

Translation to Spanish of all documents related to environmental
clean-up, restoration, transfer of lands and other topics discussed
above.


Submitted by:

Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques
Vieques Women's Alliance
Vieques Veterans for Peace
Mount Carmelo
Camp Milivy
Vieques Horsemen For Peace
Vieques Fishermen's Association
Vieques Youth United
Father Nelson López, Parish Priest, Catholic Church of Vieques
Pastor Lucy Rosario, Methodist Church of Vieques
(partial list, others to follow)

February 26, 2003
Vieques, Puerto Rico

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             VIEQUES FILM SHOWING ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW

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        You're invited to a preview of a new Vieques film,
            "Vieques: Who Knows?" and discussion on:

                     Monday, March 10, 2003
                             6:30pm

                         Loisada School
                      710 East 9th Street
                     (Between Ave C and D)
                 Lower East Side, New York City

With so many critical developments in the Vieques issue, and its
implications for other related issues, this screening will provide us with
an opportunity to come together and share ideas and thoughts.

Three years in the making, this film explores how a small group of people
took destiny into their own hands by committing to peaceful struggle against
the most powerful military on earth, and so are becoming a model for
underrepresented communities around the globe.

                    To RSVP please contact:
                        (212)293-2244
                       info at m4pros.com





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